There is a magnificent world on the borders of North London Town which has been allowing Londoners and visitors to the area an opportunity to escape into the wilderness for hundreds and thousands of years. This amazing tranquil and idyllic land which is protected by Parliament itself and the City of London is no other than the great Epping Forest.
Epping Forest is a sprawl of 6500 acres which stretches over the borders of Essex and London from the North to the East and encompasses fields for cattle grazing which in rotation allows the public access to perfectly naturally maintained fields all year round.
Other amenities range from playing areas, paths for walking, guided walks and cycle rides, leisure activities from camping to yachting on the lakes and heritage events and theatre performances in the fresh open air of Epping Forest.
The cattle grazing are usually the outstanding and bulky English Longhorn with their inwardly curved horns, such a more beautiful brown and white cow did you ever wish to meet while walking in the wilderness of London’s suburbs. This bred of cow, rare until the mid 1980s, the latest grazing project right at the heart of Epping Forest will aid in the survival of the great English longhorn breed.
With animal welfare, wildlife management, forestry management and natural grazing projects at its heart, Epping Forest continues to offer the young and the old an opportunity to glimpse wilderness on their doorstep whilst offering a range of outdoor activities and even a few that are usually found inside.
The parks and open spaces that make up the 6,5000 acres of Epping Forest and its wide and all inclusive land is open to cyclists, horse riding and hikers of all ages and what better way than to engage one of many Epping Forest walks and cycle routes.
With over 650 species of plants, over 80 lakes and ponds the many animals and wildlife that live within Epping Forest leave much for you to unearth and discover both physically and visually when on the paths and tracks and partaking in the great Epping Forest walks on offer.
The UK’s green and pleasant land is not to be sniffed at or taken for granted, to ensure Londoners and visitors to London and the suburbs get to visit such great and wonderous places such as Epping Forest then the areas need to used in every day society. Or land usage gets bought and used by other interested parties like builders and planners, Epping Forest walks are open to every one and all year round with carefully plotted routes and paths which take you past interesting and colourful flora and fauna.
There are many ways you can partake in Epping Forest Walks, aside from the guided tours and venturing out into the plains, woods and navigating your own way around Epping Forest, There are organised Epping Forest Health Walks on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a Centenary walk in mid September.
It’s only walking in Epping Forest that is catered for, but cycling too. You can hire Mountain Bikes for specific trails within Epping Forest and utilise the many tracks and guided tours on offer. Epping Forest walks and trails are in leaflet form or by guided tour but feel free to ramble and take in the sights and sounds of the local wildlife on the doorstep of London Town its very self.